Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Bring on the Hate

Kerry and Edwards both seem intent on scoring cheap political points by dragging Cheney's daughter into the national spotlight.

Lynne Cheney isn't very happy about it. Key quote: "The only thing I can conclude is he is not a good man. I'm speaking as a mom," she said. "What a cheap and tawdry political trick."

Kerry campaign manager MaryBeth Cahill disagrees (via Ace): "Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill said Cheney's daughter was 'fair game.'"

Legally speaking, Cahill is right. The current state of First Amendment law is such that you can say whatever you please about public figures or their families, without any fear of reprisal whatsoever. Ethically speaking, on the other hand, Cheney is right. A low blow, even a legal one, is a low blow, and Kerry and Edwards are homophobia-mongering pieces of human garbage.